Tag: election

Baltimoreans approve ballot measures fending off water privatization, creating independent inspector general and more

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The election is over, Larry Hogan has been re-elected to a second term as governor, and Democrats still dominate the General Assembly and Maryland House delegation. There were few surprises last night in the city—with the exception of 32 percent of Baltimoreans backing the Republican incumbent for governor over Ben Jealous—but there were some big changes approved as ballot measures.

Baltimore Fishbowl’s 2018 Midterm Election live blog

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After all the months of polls, campaign ads and debates–or in the case of Maryland’s gubernatorial election, a single debate–people across the country finally cast their ballots in today’s midterm elections. Nationally, analysts will be looking to see if voters deliver a blue wave, with candidates like Texas’ Beto O’Rourke and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams tapping into many Americans’ anger and resentment over President Donald Trump.

Knowing there will be no shortage of national coverage on the fate of the Congress, we here at Baltimore Fishbowl will instead focus on some of the races here in Baltimore and across the Old Line State, where polls close at 8 p.m. Here are a few races we’ll be keying on as the results roll in:

State Sen. Jill Carter pushes back on attack ad from primary opponent J.D. Merrill: ‘Let’s stick to the issues’


A new ad from the campaign of Martin O’Malley son-in-law and 41st District Senate candidate J.D. Merrill has drawn the ire of opponent Jill Carter, as well as a couple black community leaders and one city councilman.

Q&A: Ralph Jaffe rails on ‘corrupt’ politicians and media, and explains why hes running for governor (again)

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Ralph Jaffe’s war chest for his campaign to be Maryland’s next governor is $415. You read that right.

Poll: Hogan has edge on Democratic challengers; also, one in three Marylanders are Orioles fans

Gov. Larry Hogan at a Baltimore Coca-Cola bottling plant in March 2018. Photo byJoe Andrucyk, via Flickr.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s high marks aren’t slipping as he approaches a chance for re-election November, though at least one in five voters remains undecided when asked to choose between him and a given Democratic challenger, the latest Goucher Poll finds.

Alec Ross is ‘s(toke)d’ about legal weed, as are some other candidates for governor

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It’s 4/20, which, if you didn’t know, is a big day for weed enthusiasts. Here’s CNN, no less, to explain why.

To mark the occasion, politicians both local and national (mostly Democrats) have been using social media to talk about how they’re ready to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.

Veteran Policymaker Izzy Patoka Running for County Council

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By Peter Arnold

A policymaker in city and state political circles for the past three decades, Israel C. “Izzy” Patoka will soon launch his campaign bid for Baltimore County Council for the 2nd District. The Baltimore native is director of community development for LifeBridge Health.

Poll: Rushern Baker Leads Democratic Field For Governor in ‘Wide-Open’ Race

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker leads the Democratic field looking to challenge Gov. Larry Hogan in November, according to a new poll released by Gonzales Research & Media Services.

Chad Curlett Abruptly Ends His Run to Challenge Mosby for State’s Attorney

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Local attorney Chad Curlett has dropped out of the 2018 race for Baltimore City State’s Attorney, citing a crowded candidate field and an inability to amass enough money and support to make himself a frontrunner.

Poll: Hogan High in Approval, But Vulnerable to Democratic Challengers

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A new survey of Maryland voters reaffirms something we already know: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has a solid approval rating heading into his re-election campaign. However, the numbers also show he’s vulnerable to Democratic challengers in a head-to-head scenario.